Tools and articles for redesigning school meal programs and helping students learn about food's place in our lives

What is California Thursdays®

What Is California Thursdays®?

California Thursdays is a collaboration between the Center for Ecoliteracy and participating school districts to serve healthy, freshly prepared school meals featuring California-grown foods. 

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21 School Meals Featuring California Foods

21 School Meals Featuring California Foods

Scaled and tested recipes for reimbursable school meals featuring fresh ingredients. 

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The Eco Ambassador Native  Garden at a Monterey Peninsula school.

Practicing Sustainability — While Saving Millions of Dollars

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District uses California's Proposition 39 funding both to teach and to model sustainable practices in Nutrition Services and throughout the campus.

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Farm Lab and Center for Ecoliteracy staff meet in the certified organic 10-acre garden in Encinitas.

Farm Lab: Learning and School Lunch

Encinitas Unified School District's Farm Lab is both a certified organic farm and a living classroom.

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The World's Flavor Profiles

Food and Culture Project: The World's Flavor Profiles

Students in grades 3-5 examine the food traditions that form the basis of different cuisines around the world. 

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Wendell Berry: The Pleasures of Eating

Wendell Berry: The Pleasures of Eating

Wendell Berry describes the importance of understanding the connection between eating and the land in order to extract pleasure from our food.

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